Blood splatters, soul soda and a giant George Michael: inside Brent’s biennial

Blood splatters, soul soda and a giant George Michael: inside Brent’s biennial

September 22, 2020

From a pandemic memorial to stackable cubes and an epic mural of the Wham! star, small and inviting exhibitions keep the focus local in this inaugural festival

Biennial reviews often start with descriptions of the perilous journey the critic has undertaken to reach this far-flung spot, with tales of rickety aeroplanes, crumbling mountain passes and venomous insects. But for this, all I had to do was clip the dog on a lead, walk down the road and turn left.

Brent doesn’t just have an art biennial now, though. The London borough is also this year’s borough of culture (or “borough of cultures” as they prefer it). It has been tricky for anything to go ahead as planned, though, meaning the biennial is a hybrid online/offline affair, with real-life art at outdoor sites and in local libraries.

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